Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Thursday, 26th November 2020
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Wednesday revealed the plan of President Muhammadu Buhari government to reopen land borders in Nigeria.
The Federal Government had directed the land borders to be closed since August 2019.
The Minister while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday, disclosed that the presidential committee set up on the matter has completed its job and has recommended the reopening of the borders.
Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
Naija News reports that Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has accused international media outfit, CNN of spreading fake news with its reports on the Lekki tollgate shooting.
It accused CNN of relying on fake social media sources as well as doctored videos to compile both its first and second reports on the Lekki tollgate incident during the #EndSARS protest.
The Minister said this on Wednesday when he appeared on NTA where he was asked about his views on the second report by CNN on the Lekki tollgate happenings.
The wife and son of a security detail of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, have been abducted by suspected gunmen.
Naija News understands that the suspected gunmen were believed to have gone for the said aid to Atiku, whose name is not given but confirmed to be a police officer, but took his wife and son when they did not meet the security agent.
The Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the National Assembly has announced the cancellation of a lecture that has pitched the ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola against his successor, Gboyega Oyetola.
Naija News reports that the public lecture was titled, ‘Ten Years of Uninterrupted Progressive Government in Osun.’
The cancellation was confirmed by Mutairu Olanrewaju, special adviser, political affairs to Senator Ajibola Basiru, the leader of APC caucus in the National Assembly.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu has recommended dialogue between the south-east region and the northern region regarding the push for Igbo presidency in 2023.
Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President who has never hidden his support for Igbo presidency in 2023 spoke in Abuja on Wednesday during a book presentation.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday rejected the introduction of a bill by the House of Representatives seeking to regulate the Ecological Fund.
Naija News reports that the House Committee on Ecological Fund had on Wednesday held a public hearing on ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Regulation of Ecological Funds to Address Nigeria’s Ecological Challenges, Particularly Erosion, Landslide, Desertification, Floods, Oil Spillage, Drought, Etc., and for Related Matters.’
The Senate on Wednesday set Tuesday next week for its committee to submit a report on the screening of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for a second term in office as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan gave the instruction during plenary to the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led INEC committee.
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps in addressing the security situation in the country.
The Enugu-West federal lawmaker who spoke on Wednesday said the government can no longer keep doing the same thing and expect different results.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that the trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
Source: Naija News